3 Bold Predictions For Matchup Vs. 49ers

The Eagles have been quite the surprise this year. They're one of only three undefeated teams left in the NFL, and they certainly have their work cut out for them if they intend to finish this week 4-0. The 1-2 49ers have been a train wreck this season, as they're tied for last place in the NFC West. They're still clearly a threat, so what might the birds do to exploit some San Fran weaknesses?

1. Brent Celek Scores 2 TD's

Heading into week four, Brent Celek is on pace for 80 receiving yards this season. That surely won't happen, as the veteran tight end is due for a 2014 breakout game any week now. Clearly, Zach Ertz has gotten the more attention of the two, and with the linemen dropping like flies, Celek has been mainly been relegated to blocking duties, which he's damn good at. However I believe this is the week that he gets more involved in the passing game, with Ertz, LeSean McCoy and breakout WR Jeremy Maclin likely getting the bulk of the attention from he defense. Expect Nick Foles to call 87's number in some goal-line situations.

2. Malcolm Jenkins Gets Another 4th-Quarter INT

Only months into his first year with the Eagles, Malcolm Jenkins has quickly become a fan favorite on defense. He's the hardest hitting safety we've seen since Quintin Mikell, and he has ball skills like Mikell too. So far his biggest asset to the team has been in the fourth-quarter, where he just keeps making plays. The Ex-Saint tallied two interceptions in the last two fourth quarters, both with only minutes left in the game. It's hard to give all the defensive credit to one man, but it's perfectly realistic to think the Eagles would at least be 2-1 had Jenkins not made those plays. The craziest part? He'll be doing it again this week against Colin Kaepernick(4 TD,3 INT) and the 49ers.

3. Eagles Gain Over 200 Yards On The Ground

The 49ers currently rank 6th in defending the run, only allowing 85.7 rushing yards per game. That's why it will be an amazing thing to see when the 19th ranked rushing offense, led by 2013 star Shady McCoy, burst for over 200 yards on the ground. Expect Darren Sproles and Chris Polk to contribute to at least 80 of those yards. Expect McCoy however to have his first 100 yard rushing game of the year. About time!

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